African Muslim Scholars meet in Mauritania to challenge extremism – Political Analysis South Africa

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Dozens of members of a Union of African Muslims Scholars or ulemas are taking part in a conference that kicked off on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 in Nouakchott, on the importance of tolerance and moderation in the behavior of Muslims.

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This meeting, the first of its kind, is initiated by the International Forum for the strengthening of peace in Muslim societies, led by the well-known Mauritanian scholar, Cheikh Aballah Ben Beya, under the theme: “The Role of Islam in Africa: Tolerance and Moderation in the face of internal struggles”.

The meeting aims to find ways to establish cooperation between the largest Muslim ulemas in Africa and to harmonise their position in relation to the challenge of extremism, which threatens the unity and interests of the Islamic Umma, the community of Muslim believers.

“The responsibility for anchoring the culture of tolerance and moderation is enormous and extremely important and today lies on the shoulders of the ulema,” said Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould El-Ghazaouani in his opening speech.

He said he was “convinced that the results of the conference will have a positive impact in rooting and spreading the noble values of Islam, including essentially the acceptance of the other and the rejection of extremism.”

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